Solar Panels to Make a BIG Impact; ENVIRONMENT: Work Has Already Begun on Green Technology at E.ON's HQ

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Solar Panels to Make a BIG Impact; ENVIRONMENT: Work Has Already Begun on Green Technology at E.ON's HQ


Byline: By Mary Griffin, ENVIRONMENT REPORTER

Coventry is set to house the country's biggest solar panel.

Energy firm E.ON is building what it believes will be the largest solar panel system in the UK on its headquarters at Westwood Business Park.

The company labels itself one of the country's leading green generators and says it's putting its own house in order by installing the green technology.

Work has already begun on the three solar arrays, each measuring roughly 13m by 18m, which will cover one side of the three-storey building in Canley.

Nearly 100 photovoltaic and thermal panels will provide not only electricity but 60 per cent of the hot water needed to run the building.

And the device will be made in-house, by E.ON's own sustainable energy solutions (SES) team, which helps implement low carbon energy solutions, such as wind turbines and solar panels, for organisations across the country.

Samantha Baylis, head of the SES team, said: "As we look to change the way our customers look at energy, it's vital that we ourselves do the same thing and that's why we've been taking a look at our own buildings and seeing where we can be greener.

"We believe these plans will make a real difference to our own energy usage, reducing our carbon footprint. …

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